What Acts of Kindness Should We Commit to in 2019 and Beyond?
By A. Lidden Pate, Jr.
In our household the CEO refuses to accept my thought that the kindest action we Americans can take for our country in coming months would be to register voters in huge numbers for the 2020 election.
She agrees, however, with my goal: to grant our president the freedom to return to his real estate business full time and forget about trying to govern. But she wants the action to be done now! Like yesterday.
It’s obvious to both of us that the president is in over his head. The Peter Principle—that in career advancement one, sooner or later, rises to a position of incompetence—may have worked on him earlier than in November of 2016. We’re not sure. But we do know that the principle’s official effect absolutely took place for Donald J. Trump on January 20 , 2017, Inauguration day
Of course, maybe we should just stop being concerned, about our president and his governing, and concentrate on lesser things, like how to get rid of the worn-out retreads in Congress and input some creative new blood there? That way we could evade having to deal with the Tweeter-in-Chief.
But such kindness would not please our friends who are loyal Trumpites and still think the president has some “good ideas,” with which they agree. And these pro-Trumpers know they need the old Republican hands in Congress to get done what they want.
For example, it’s common place in our part of the United States to be very uneasy around people who are of a different color than the colors we are accustomed to being around in our work places and social gatherings. This unease is especially felt when the “different” speak a foreign language, like Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, French, Chinese or Indian English.
Trump wants to build a Wall to keep out the “different,” which is perfectly okay with our friends who simply adore the man from Queens, NY, which in Texas in times gone by was itself thought to be a foreign land.
But there are a lot of other acts of kindness regarding the president that we might do well to consider: For example, daily prayers for him are certainly in order, and for our nation and us, everyone affected by his presidency. Most Americans would agree no doubt: we are in desperate need of some stablizing Divine kindness, every single one of us, here and abroad.
Furthermore, Trump would probably appreciate it greatly if his critics would give up, from now through the 2020 election, being influenced by major media like the NY Times, CNN, MSNBC, the Washington Post and the conservative commentators who’ve turned Democrat. Trump would undoubtedly be even more appreciative if these same critics would chose to view only Fox News and to concentrate on taking in the outpourings of Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter.
If these or similar acts of kindness were to take place, there would then be no question that our political conflicts would be reduced to a tolerable level.
We might not be “great again” but we would surely be a” kinder, gentler nation,” which the late President George H.W. Bush once pleaded for so eloquently.
Don’t you think?
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